What's the difference between ‚??mouse‚?Ě and ‚??sloppy‚?Ě?
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The window focus mode indicates how windows are activated. It has three possible values; "click" means windows must be clicked in order to focus them, "sloppy" means windows are focused when the mouse enters the window, and "mouse" means windows are focused when the mouse enters the window and unfocused when the mouse leaves the window.
When I configure focus_mode using gconf-editor, /apps/metacity/general/focus_mode, I can't tell the difference between mouse and sloppy.
When I set this key as mouse, the focus is still on that window if I hover the cursor to the background.
Just checked my Oneiric install in VMWARE and 'sloppy' and 'mouse' works as described in the schema, ie: setting to 'sloppy' causes the window with the focus to keep the focus when the mouse moves to the background and setting to 'mouse' causes the window with the focus to lose the focus when the mouse moves to the background.